Forgiveness Ephesians 4:32 In a fallen world, forgiveness is essential to maintain close relationships. We all need forgiveness and we all need to grant forgiveness, because we all sin and we all have been sinned against. But asking for and granting forgiveness are not easy tasks! It’s not an easy subject to understand, as [...]
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The Strong-Willed Spouse: When Being Right Can Make Everything Wrong “Don’t be stubborn like a horse or mule. They need a bit and bridle in their mouth to restrain them, or they will not come near you.” Ps. 32:9 You’re in the middle of another argument with your partner. They’re driving you crazy. Can’t they see [...]
Teaching Your Child How to Manage Anger Biblically Introduction: A child that does not learn to handle his/her anger in a biblically appropriatemanner will experience a lifetime of personal and interpersonal problems (i.e. social/relational, emotional, occupational, spiritual, physical, etc.). Ideally, anger management skills should be taught during a child’s formative years before destructive habits are [...]
Are You a Giver or a Taker? The Common Marital Complaint Married women have a common complaint against their husbands: They feel used and taken advantage of. Research confirms that in the areas of emotional intimacy, affection, companionship, attentiveness, division of household work, and childcare, women typically do the heavy lifting. They sense they [...]
The Top Ten Strengths of Happy Marriages Marriage can be one of the most satisfying and fulfilling of all human relationships; a source of deep joy, strength, and a haven of quiet rest and comfort from the world. Ironically, marital relationships also possess the capacity to be very disappointing, frustrating, and painfully conflicted; a [...]
MARITAL HAPPINESS INVENTORY (MHI) By Bill Clark, D.Min., Ph.D. This inventory consists of numbered statements to which you will respond true or false. Please indicate your response with a T or F at the far right of each statement. Answer EACH ITEM as honestly as you can. (Note: On statements pertaining to children or family, mark N/A if you [...]
The Disintegrating Family The American family is in trouble. Day after day we are bombarded with horrifying reports. Since 1960, divorce has doubled, teen suicide has tripled, and illegitimate births have quadrupled. One out of every four females is sexually abused before the age of sixteen. One and a half million babies are being aborted [...]
The Dangers of Dating I do not believe that dating is sinful but it is broken and needs to be fixed. Dating is similar to eating at a fast-food restaurant—it’s not wrong to eat there, but there is something far better available. There is a better way of romance, a way that might spare many [...]
FELT LIKE GIVING UP LATELY? “I just can’t go on anymore. I can’t make it, even though I try so hard. It’s hopeless. Why try?” Churches are full of hurting people who can’t seem to find relief from their problems. There are loving parents who have been deeply wounded by the deception and delinquency of [...]
The Gift of Honor In working with couples over the last 35 years, I have discovered that there is one essential quality a husband and wife must possess in order to have a great relationship. What is it? The ability to give the gift of honor to one another. Feeling worthwhile as an individual is [...]